Many of us do not believe in capital punishment, because thus society takes from a man what society cannot give. ~Katharine Fullerton Gerould, Modes and Morals, ch. 7 (1920).
Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. ~Gandalf, in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954).